Cable (comic book)

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Cover for Cable #1 (May 1993). Artwork by Art Thibert
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Format Ongoing series
Genre Superhero
Publication date
No. of issues
Main character(s) Cable
Hope Summers
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Written by

Cable is the name of multiple comic book titles featuring the character Cable and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Cable comic book series which debuted in 1993.

Publication history

In 1992, the character had a two issue miniseries, titled Cable: Blood and Metal, written by Fabian Nicieza, pencilled by John Romita, Jr., and inked by Dan Green, published in October and November of that year.

Volume 1

Shortly after Blood and Metal, Cable was given his own ongoing series titled Cable. The book initially had trouble finding a stable creative team. A writer/penciller team would complete no more than three issues in a row until Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill began work on issue #20 and finish on #35. Loeb and Churchill provided the first instance of stability, working together on fifteen of the twenty issues from #20–39. During their run, they explored characters in Cable's past, his feeling of responsibility toward Nathan Grey, his relationship with Domino and Blaquesmith, and further adventures with Kane, the Sugar Man, and the Microverse.

Cable #34–35 were part of the "Onslaught" storyline, which was a top vote getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Comic-Book Story for 1997.

The series ran for 107 issues from May 1993 until September 2002 before being relaunched as Soldier X, which lasted 12 more issues until Aug. 2003.

After his solo series ended, he was paired with the mercenary Deadpool in a new ongoing series titled Cable & Deadpool.[1]

Volume 2

Cover of Cable, vol. 2, 1 (May 2008). Art by Ariel Olivetti

In 2008, Marvel Comics released Cable vol. 2, a new ongoing series by Duane Swierczynski and artist Ariel Olivetti.[2] This new series directly follows the events of "Messiah Complex". The series features Cable, and the messianic child's time traveling adventures. The dangers of the future and pursuit by Bishop are balanced with the humor of "Cable the soldier" becoming "Cable the Nanny."[3]

According to Duane Swierczynski, although the writer "missed Cable's heyday in the early 1990s," Cable is "[his] kind of antihero—the cryptic, Man with No Name of mutantkind. If [Swierczynski had] quibbles with the Cable of yesteryear, it's that he was just a tad too powerful. [Cable] could port around the world at will, fetch beer from the fridge with the power of his mind, and then crush said beer can against his metallic love handle."[4] When asked whether Nathan Summers was a tragic character in his mind, Swierczynski replied that, "Cable's still a bad ass soldier, make no mistake. But [the mission to protect Hope Summers in X-Men: Messiah War] is breaking him down like he's never been broken down before" and said that "[the readers are] going to see Cable struggling with a new bodily problem, one directly borne out of his experiences in 'Messiah War.'"[5]

In 2009, Cable vol. 2 had a seven-issue crossover with X-Force, X-Force/Cable: Messiah War, which is the second story in a three-part storyline that began in X-Men: Messiah Complex.[6]

Cable was canceled in April 2010 with issue #25 (the final issue being called Deadpool and Cable #25).[7]


  1. ^ Cable & Deadpool #1 (May 2004)
  2. ^ "Duane Swierczynski Is Your New 'Cable' Provider". Comic Book Resources. December 4, 2007. 
  3. ^ Cable vol. 2, #7–8 (Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009)
  4. ^ X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook (July 2009)
  5. ^ "Double-X Update: Swierczynski and Yost After the 'War'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Kyle/Yost/Choi Talk 'Messiah War'". Comic Book Resources. December 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gallery: Images from Deadpool and Cable #25". April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
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